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Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:34:52 -0400

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Managing the Saudi-Iran Rivalry

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:39:49 -0400

The growing rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran will likely shape the Middle East for many years, and possibly even decades, to come


How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:28:42 -0400

A growing body of research suggests that standard peace and security processes routinely overlook a critical strategy that could reduce conflict and advance stability: the inclusion of women. 


A New Approach to Thailand's Insurgency

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:08:18 -0400

Southern Thailand has faced a brutal insurgency since 2001. Today, there is a chance the insurgency will be infiltrated by ISIS, which has recruited over one thousand Southeast Asians.


The Perplexing Problems of Solving Syria

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:00:39 -0400

The assumptions held by those advocating military action in Syria are weak, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Military punitive measures are not likely to make Russia, Iran, the Syrian regime, or militant forces back down from their current stances, either on the battlefield or in negotiations.


Must Reads of the Week: Malaise in China, Intrigue in Turkey, and More

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:22:15 -0400

What Editors are reading the week of October 10–14, 2016.


Colombia's Failed Peace Deal

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:54:25 -0400

Experts discuss Colombia’s failed peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and its implications for the country’s future.


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There’s a Way Obama’s White House Can Save Syrian Lives, There’s Just No Will

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:26:28 -0400

While increased U.S. military action in Syria may be favored by numerous policymakers, the Obama administration remains unwilling to sanction further intervention. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes that “The Obama White House has long argued that it was elected to end wars in the Middle East, not to escalate them…” but meanwhile, Aleppo remains “full of carnage and bunker-busting munitions with rockets falling on children and no hope of escape for anyone.”


Aleppo: Where Children Die, but the World Does Nothing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:14:12 -0400

Many experts and policymakers had predicted the humanitarian catastrophe that is underway in Aleppo, but no one is willing to intervene. “There is nothing either timely or decisive about the world’s approach to Syria, which has become the theater in which global and regional actors pursue their own goals,” writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  


Women, Peace, and Security

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:00:57 -0400

Jamille Bigio discusses the role of women in security, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping.


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Human Soldiers Will Always Cause Human Tragedies

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:56:58 -0400

Tragedies keep occurring in war, despite the best intentions of U.S. troops. Micah Zenko provides recommendations to reduce the inevitable human errors in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq that have led to avoidable civilian casualties.


Putin Is Making a Mistake in Syria—and Russia Will Pay the Price

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:09:11 -0400

Writing in the Washington Post, Philip Gordon warns that Russia will pay a price for its unconditional support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria.


Afghanistan at an Inflection Point

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:58:02 -0400

Afghanistan’s unity government has made progress on reform but remains dogged by endemic corruption and a resilient insurgency, says expert Christopher D. Kolenda.


A Sharper Choice on North Korea

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:38 -0400

The Task Force recommends revising U.S. policy toward North Korea to break the cycle of North Korean provocation and promote stability in Northeast Asia.


Political Corruption and Instability in Brazil

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:32 -0400

Matthew M. Taylor discusses Brazil's political and economic outlook.


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Understanding the Roots of Conflict in South Sudan

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:45:22 -0400

South Sudan’s civil war is the result of a weakly institutionalized state and may require the African Union’s intervention to find peace and stability, says expert Alex de Waal.


Beware Investing Too Much Hope in the Syrian Ceasefire

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:14:11 -0400

Even if Assad is prepared to abide by the truce, rebel groups may not be, writes CFR president Richard N. Haass


A No-Fly-Zone Doesn’t Mean a No-War-Zone

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:42:44 -0400

And the politicians and pundits calling for one in Syria ought to remember how toothless and ineffective the U.S. air patrols were -- for 12 long years -- in Iraq.


Why Peace Is Not at Hand

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:43:19 -0400

New polls of Israelis and Palestinians prove that peace is not at hand, and views on a peace deal are very far apart. But they also contain some interesting data, as Elliott Abrams explains in National Review.



When Allies Become Enemies (Before the War is Over), Obama’s ISIS Plan Has Another Problem

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:57:38 -0400

The U.S. wanted Turkish and Kurdish fighters to fight, but not fight each other. Now the administration is scrambling to keep local allies with their own interests focused on America's goal: defeating ISIS.


Checking the Math on the Pentagon’s ISIS Body Counts

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:03:33 -0400

The Obama administration steadily updates the tally of dead combatants in its latest war — but can the numbers be trusted?


Cambodia’s Democratic Transition Has Collapsed, With Dangerous Consequences

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:54:02 -0400

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses recent shifts in Cambodian politics and the impact on the country’s transition to democracy.


The Refugee Problem in New York

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:45:34 -0400

Every September, many of the world’s presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers descend on New York City to mark the start of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass. This year, they will once again highlight the international community's inability to address a pressing global challenge.


What a Failed Soviet Coup Can Teach Us About 21st-Century Populism

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:11:31 -0400

Twenty-five years ago this week, a group of Politburo hard-liners launched a coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The effort to depose him provoked a gigantic popular protest and collapsed in just three days. With the failure of the coup, the communist system itself began to unravel. “The 20th century” — so claimed Boris Yeltsin, Gorbachev’s rival, rescuer and eventual successor — had “essentially ended.” People power had defeated the Soviet state.


The Persecution of Religious Minorities

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:39 -0400

Thomas J. Reese discusses the persecution of religious minorities around the world.


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Thailand's Democratic Erosion

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:35:22 -0400

The adoption of the junta-drafted constitution is the latest episode in the deterioration of Thailand's democratic system, writes CFR's Karen B. Brooks.


How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:57:54 -0400

Erdogan’s widening purge and crackdown are just the logical conclusion of a story that has been unfolding for the better part of a decade, writes CFR's Steven A. Cook.


The Disappearance of the Two-State Solution

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:30:23 -0400

The 2016 Republican Party platform contains no references to the two-state solution. Is this a crisis? Elliott Abrams writes in National Review that, after years of failed attempts to broker a peace agreement, the United States should seek to promote the goal of peace without dictating one sole path forward.



Losing Lives to Save Lives: Targeting Humanitarian Workers in Conflict Zones

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:00:53 -0400

Experts discuss current threats to global health workers in crisis zones, and what can be done to stop attacks on humanitarian workers to ensure their safety and neutrality.


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Council of Councils Fifth Annual Conference

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:59:57 -0400

Delegates from twenty countries discuss how best to address challenges posed by growing geopolitical rivalries, opposition to globalization, dramatic refugee flows, divergent views on global economic governance and international internet regulation, and the absence of a region-wide security architecture in Asia.


Democracy in Decline

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:26:57 -0400

In the decade following the Cold War, democracy flourished around the world as never before. In recent years, however, much of this progress has steadily eroded. B